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Des Moines Woman Purchases Lottery Ticket On Her Birthday, Wins $30,000 Prize

Anita Thompson Wins First Top Prize Playing 'Let It Snow Crossword' Game

Anita Thompson   Hear Anita tell her story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines woman purchased an Iowa Lottery "Let It Snow Crossword" instant-scratch ticket on her birthday Thursday and ended up receiving a nice birthday present.

Anita Thompson scratched off her ticket and discovered she had won a $30,000 top prize.

"I thought it was $3,000, so I went down (to the convenience store) to check it and it was $30,000!" she said. "This is an awesome birthday present!"

Thompson, who is a customer service supervisor at Wal-Mart in West Des Moines, claimed the first of 33 top prizes of $30,000 available in the lottery's new Let It Snow Crossword game. She claimed her prize Friday at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines.

Thompson purchased her winning ticket Thursday at the same place she regularly buys lottery tickets - Git-N-Go, 2140 E. Park Ave. in Des Moines.

"They know me and they've spread it through all their employees," she said.

Thompson said a majority of her lottery winnings will be used to pay off bills and purchase a second car.

Let It Snow Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket's puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Thirty-one top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Let It Snow Crossword, as well as 47 prizes of $3,000, 673 prizes of $300 and thousands of prizes of $100.

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